MadFriars' Farm Report: July 7

There must be some type of special magic on players bats when they arrive in Lake Elsinore because everyone is hitting for the Storm. A rare tough night offensively in Las Vegas for the T-Padres and the Missions offense is bolstered by the return of two players. Another strong outing by Matt Wisler in Fort Wayne.

Las Vegas 51s 7 - T-Padres 1

Key Statistics: RF Carroll 2-3, RBI, 2B, HR(5); RHP Palmer(L) 3.2 IP 9H 7R 7ER 2BBs 2Ks.

LAS VEGASThe Las Vegas 51s knocked Tucson starter Matt Palmer out of the game in the fourth inning Saturday night in their 7-1 victory over the Padres. David Cooper went 2-for-5 with two RBI doubles for Las Vegas. Former San Diego Padres pitched Shawn Hill shut down the Padres, only allowing one run in eight innings of work. The lone Tucson run came on a Sawyer Carroll solo home run in the eighth inning.

  The Tucson Padres are now on the Pacific Coast League All-Star Break and next play on Thursday, July 12 at 7:05 pm at Kino Stadium vs. Fresno (Giants affiliate).

Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.

Missions 7 - Tulsa Drillers 0

Key Statistics: SS Anna 2-4, RBI, BB; RF C. Decker 2-4, HR(16); 3B Blackwood 2-5; C hagerty 2-5, 2 RBIs, HR(4); CF Fuentes 1-4, RBI, 2B, BB; RHP Roach(W) 5.0 IP 3 H 0R 0ER 2Ks.

In Tulsa the Missions stopped a three-game losing streak after winning ten in a row. The trade for Donn Roach, who came over in the Ernesto Frieri move, continues to look good as he earned his first victory of the season for the Missions.

San Antonio's offense was helped out by catcher Jason Hagerty coming off of the Disabled List and Cody Decker homering for his sixteenth of the season which still has him in the top five in the league despite spending a month in AAA Tucson.

Storm 9 - Bakersfield Blaze 8

Key Statistics: DH Noel 1-5, BB (2)SB(60); 2B McElroy 3-4, 3 RBIs, HR(4), BB; 1B Medica 4-5, 2B, HR(10); CF Tate 2-5, 2B; 3B Powers 3-5; RHP B. Smith(W) 5.0 IP 5H R ER BB 7Ks; RHP Quackenbush(S) 0.1 IP 1K.

The Storm made their sixth win in a row interesting as they went into the ninth inning with a 9-1 lead and held on for a 9-8 victory in Bakersfield. After RHP Yefri Carvajal gave up five earned runs and RHP Dan Lazzaronio gave up a three-run home run, Lake Elsinore Closer Dan Quakenbush came in to strike out the final batter and get his seventeenth save of the year.

Casey McElroy and Tommy Medica are red hot. In forty-five games Medica is now hitting .376/.448/.680 and if Nate Freiman was not at first base might be in San Antonio right now. McElroy, after hitting only .237 in Fort Wayne, is now hitting .467 in fifteen games with the Storm and is not going back to the midwest any time soon.

The desert seems to be helping everyone as OF Donavan Tate took his average up to .300.

On the mound another good night by Oklahoma right-hander Burch Smith who has now pushed his record to 8-4 with a 3.43 ERA.

South Bend Silver Hawks 3- TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: CF Jankowski 1-4, BB; RF Asencio 1-3, RBI, BB; RHP Wisler 6.1 IP H R ER 2BBs 6Ks; RHP Needy 1.2 IP 2H 0R 0ER BB 2Ks.

SOUTH BEND, IN. – Despite six and one-third nearly flawless innings from Matt Wisler on Saturday night, the TinCaps could not protect a lead and lost, 3-2 in 11 innings, to the South Bend Silver Hawks. Fort Wayne reliever James Jones surrendered a walk-off base hit to Silver Hawks second baseman Eric Groff, allowing South Bend to win the opener of the three-game set.

After picking up just one base hit over the first six innings, Fort Wayne (10-6, 41-45) picked up two runs in the seventh inning against South Bend starter Tyler Green. Mike Galllic connected on an RBI single and Yeison Asencio followed with a triple, giving the TinCaps a 2-0 advantage.

Although the TinCaps provided a late advantage, Wisler did not factor in the decision despite not allowing a hit over his first six innings. South Bend (8-8, 43-43) first baseman Tom Belza walked to lead off the seventh, and Marc Bourgeois picked up a base hit two batters later. With a career-high 6 1/3 frames under his belt, Wisler, who gave up one hit, walked two and fanned six, exited in favor of James Needy.

Ryan Court was the first batter to see the righthander, and Court promptly singled to center, scoring Belza and making it 2-1 in favor of Fort Wayne. It remained a one-run game until the bottom of the ninth, when Daniel Cropper was called upon from the Fort Wayne bullpen. South Bend's Matt Helm led off with a solo home run to right field, tying the game at two.

In both the 10th and the 11th, Fort Wayne put a runner at second base, but could not convert the scoring opportunities. In the bottom of the 11th, Jones allowed a leadoff double to Helm, who scored the game-winning run with two outs on Groff's base hit.

Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps

Emeralds 3 - Salem-Kelzer Volcanoes 0

Key Statistics: CF Richardson 1-2, BB; LF Baltz 1-3,BB; LHP Alger 3.0 IP H 3Ks.

In the bottom of the fifth the Ems scored all the runs they would need as a two-run RBI singled by DH Dane Phillips and an error by Salem-Kelzer which allowed the other run was all the Eugene needed on Saturday night.

It was Eugene's third victory in the past four games.

AZL Padres 16 - AZL Rangers12

Key Statistics: PR/RF Bernard 2-3, RBI; RF/CF Moreno 2-5, RBI; DH Perez 3-5 6 RBIs (2) HRs(2); 2B Goree 2-2 2RBIs, HR(1); RHP Fried 2.0 IP 2H R 0ER 2Ks.

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